[Maxima] Void in Maxima

Stavros Macrakis macrakis at alum.mit.edu
Mon Oct 5 10:31:54 CDT 2009

Actually, to get Hennessy's suggested behavior, it would be very simple to
have mapply barf if %void was given as an argument to a function.

Of course, that means that it would become impossible to test
is(limit(...)=inf), to return a list [limit(...), limit(...)], etc.

All in all, a terrible idea, but easy to implement!


On Mon, Oct 5, 2009 at 10:04 AM, Richard Fateman <fateman at cs.berkeley.edu>wrote:

> what may not be clear to everyone in this discussion is that adding a
> new object with special properties like the ones suggested for "void"
> requires an examination of many places in Maxima.
> For example, the instructions for simplifying "void + x"  would not be
> encoded in the object "void".  These are encoded on the property list of
> the object "+".
> Thus to make "void", or for that matter, inf, und, ind, intervals, etc
> work, one has to modify +, *, sin, cos, exp, log, integrate, diff, etc
> etc etc.
> Now maybe this organization is wrong, but that's the way it is.
> (arguing about whether cos(void)  should send a "void" message to "cos"
> or a "cos" method to "void" does not
> offer a solution to  "void+infinity+interval(-1,1)")
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